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As a concerned health care worker and purchaser of health insurance, I am writing in agreement to the May 27 editorial “Corbett’s Call: The Governor Must Act on UPMC-Highmark.”

Government involvement in the policy and politics of health care has a long-standing history — none more prominent than the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Government saw harm to millions of Americans who cannot afford health care and created legislation as a start in order to help those less fortunate in both health and finances. To continue with that train of thought, if there is proof of impending harm to patients due to an unresolved conflict among health care providers, government should take a stand and intervene.

Regardless of the reasons for the finger pointing between political parties, the most important thing should be the fact that anyone’s grandmother, father, aunt, neighbor or wife in Western Pennsylvania will face not only the inconvenience of switching providers but potential danger to their lives due to the impending fragmented care they will receive. Though currently the implications of this split are unknown, a transition of this magnitude will not go off without a hitch or several hitches, including harm to patients, such as your sister, your son or your grandfather.


The writer is a pathologists’ assistant.


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